Animoca Brands’ gaming subsidiary The Sandbox has announced its acquisition of Sviper GmbH, a German game development studio that is known for its creative excellence in working with major brand partners and its senior-level talent.
Sviper’s acquisition is set to add development, engineering, and creative talent to The Sandbox’s global team. Their collaboration is also expected to empower creator generation to build more engaging and fun experiences focusing on social features, new multiplayer gameplay options, and new Game Maker possibilities for creators.
The Sviper leadership team that is led by its CEO Ole Schaper and CPO Mark Buchholz has over 25 years of experience in working with well known brands in mobile, PC, and multiplayer gaming.
“We are thrilled to join The Sandbox and contribute to the creation of a cutting-edge virtual world that combines gaming, creativity, and community,” Schaper said.
Sviper, that was founded in 2016, has been collaborating with The Sandbox for over a year now and is fully integrated into the platform’s ecosystem.
Its team has 40 members that are currently based in the gaming tech hub in Hamburg. They have already started the hiring process for The Sandbox in Germany.
Sebastien Borget, COO and Co-Founder of The Sandbox, said that their team in Germany is a creative powerhouse that is already advancing the gameplay possibilities available to their internal teams and The Sandbox creators at large.
From adding social features to designing rules that creators can use to prototype game logic to implement powerful multiplayer features, their Hamburg team is supercharging the metaverse’s creative potential, he adds.
Arthur Madrid, CEO and Co-Founder of The Sandbox, said that they have built a high level of trust with their Germany team as they have demonstrated tremendous innovation and work quality in their collaboration with major partners and ideating on new gameplay concepts.
Madrid has expressed confidence of the enormous potentials for The Sandbox as he also looks forward to working with the team to bring this vision to life.
For Mark Buchholz, CPO and Co-Founder of Sviper, The Sandbox is a visionary enterprise with countless fascinating aspects beyond traditional game development.
Its key features include its ability to create innovative and social user-generated gaming experiences, its growing social platform, and the revolutionary aspects of Web3.
Being part virtual real estate and part amusement park, The Sandbox fully embraces the idea of the metaverse as a continuous shared digital space where worlds and heroes collide to make magic.
So far, over 400 partners have already joined The Sandbox. These include Warner Music Group, Ubisoft’s Rabbids, Cut The Rope, Tony Hawk, Gucci Vault, The Walking Dead, Invincible, Snoop Dogg, Deadmau5, Steve Aoki, SM Entertainment, The Smurfs, Care Bears, and Atari.